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El Camino Real smashup pins man in car

Jaws of life used to extricate person following collision in Mountain View

With some help from some large pneumatic cutters, firefighters carefully extracted a man from his Toyota sedan after his car was pushed into a tree by a large pickup truck Wednesday morning (Oct. 19) on El Camino Real in Mountain View.

Firefighters arrived at around 9:30 a.m. to find a black Toyota sedan's front end up against a street tree with a large Chevrolet pickup sitting on its trunk lid. The incident occurred in front of A1 Foreign Auto near Pettis Avenue.

The driver of the Toyota sedan appeared to be alive, but was not moving as he was carefully placed on a stretcher.

"Firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate one person from one of the cars and the patient was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries," wrote fire department spokesperson Jaime Garrett in an email.

It appeared that the driver of the pickup truck had left the scene and no one else was involved in the collision. A third vehicle, an unoccupied pickup truck parked on the street, was pushed several yards by the crash.

Police did not immediately have an explanation for the collision.

Northbound morning traffic merged into one lane as a result of the crash.

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